The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Jacob G. Lang (Canal Boat), sunk, 1 Oct 1910

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North Tonawanda, Sept. 13. -- The State authorities have been appealed to by local boat owners to remove the wreck of the canal boat JACOB G. LANG, which sank in the Erie Canal a mile east of Martinsville Wednesday. The LANG was on its way to new York from Buffalo with a cargo of wheat when it hit bottom and sank in the channel. The grain swelled and split the boat's side so that the craft is considered a total loss. As the boat now lies it is impossible for boats to pass the wreck and the canal boat owners, after the delay of ten days by a break at Ilion, which was repaired only a few days ago, are becoming anxious that another extensive interruption to traffic confronts them unless the State authorities act promptly. There are already a dozen cargo laden boats being held on the west side of the stranded craft and local boat owners state that the upbound fleet, which was held up at Ilion, should reach the point where the LANG lies in a day or two. It was stated last evening that the Public Works Department has signified its intention to act promptly. The grain is being lightered and removed to Buffalo to be dried out. The LANG is owned by Capt. George Wagoner of Buffalo.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 13, 1910

      Lockport, Sept. 14. -- The canal boat, laden with grain which was sunk in the Erie Canal near this city last week is now in the drydocks here being repaired. Traffic has been resumed.
      Buffalo Evening News
      September 14, 1910

      The canalboat JACOB C. LANG, which sank in the Erie Canal, a mile east of Martinsville, on September 7, was brought to Tonawanda and placed in Roses's drydock this morning for repairs. The boat, abandoned by the owner, Capt. James G. Lang of Buffalo as a total loss, was taken possession of by the insurance underwriters. All but 600 bushels of the cargo of wheat which the Lang was carrying from Buffalo to New York at the time she struck bottom and sank, was removed and taken back to the former city. The LANG was pulled out of the ??????? after blocking navigation for nearly a week but the work of pumping the boat out and keeping it afloat until drydock could be reached proved most difficult.
      The LANG was valued at $1,500. The amount of damage sustained will not be made known until a survey has been made. The swollen grain caused the boat to bulge out until the cross beams were torn out and the running boards carried away, while the sides and bottom broke open in several places.
      Tonawanda Evening News
      October 1, 1910 1-2

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Reason: sunk
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Freight: wheat
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  • New York, United States
    Latitude: 43.04978 Longitude: -78.83448
William R. McNeil
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Jacob G. Lang (Canal Boat), sunk, 1 Oct 1910